WPS has been working with the peregrine falcon nesting efforts since 1996. The program is helping to bring the endangered bird of prey back to Wisconsin.
Pulliam Power Plant
High above the place where the Fox River meets the bay of Green Bay, nestled in the southeast corner of the roof of our J.P. Pulliam Power Plant, you will find the peregrine's home. There is a specially built box designed for the rare peregrine falcon. This spot has seen the birth of over 59 peregrine chicks. The birds are attracted to power plants because of the tall stacks. Peregrines favor elevated regions for their nests. The birds also like close proximity to open water and a steady food supply. There are a number of other birds in the area that are great food sources for the peregrines.
And then there were four eggs. It is estimated the eggs will hatch May 16-18 at Pulliam.
Weston Power Plant
Since 2006, 20 peregrines have hatched atop our Weston Power Plant. The plant is located in Rothschild, WI.
All 4 eggs in the nest at Weston. It is estimated the eggs will hatch May 5-7 at Weston.
The peregrine falcon is a crow-sized bird of prey. It is famous and admired for its beauty. It is also known for speed and agility. Native to Wisconsin, peregrines originally nested along high bluffs. The birds chose homes along the Mississippi, St. Croix and Wisconsin rivers. They could also be found in the Door Peninsula.
The population declined due to the use of the chemical pesticide DDT, which weakened peregrine eggshells. The weakened eggshells prevented hatching. As a result, peregrines disappeared from the eastern United States. They were placed on the endangered species list.
The Wisconsin Peregrine Trust works to save these birds. Their goal is to establish 20 nesting pairs. This would allow the population to sustain itself in Wisconsin. The Trust hopes the peregrines can be restored to their natural home.
Name The Falcon Chicks Contest
Sponsored by WPS and the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.
- The contest will run from April 1 to May 1.
- All contestants must be in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
- Suggest one name for a falcon chick. Names do not have to be gender specific for a male or female.
- All entries must be received by May 5.
- Complete the online entry form
or mail in the completed printable entry form.
Winning The Contest
- A panel of judges will select a name for each chick. Winners will be announced after the eggs hatch.
- There will be as many winners as there are falcon chicks. A person can only win once.
- If more than one person submits a selected name, the winning entry will be drawn at random.
- Prizes awarded are not redeemable for cash or any other consideration.
- Winners, along with their classroom in Brown County will be bused to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for a behind the scenes tour of their birds of prey exhibit.
- The individual winners will also receive a peregrine falcon T-shirt, a photograph showing them with the falcon chicks and a certificate of appreciation. Winners will also be invited to participate in the banding of the chicks scheduled for approximately late May or early June.
Any questions about the contest should be directed to the Wildlife Sanctuary at 920-391-3677 or WPS at 920-617-5160.